Why Do Buses Come in Threes The Hidden Mathematics of Everyday Life

ISBN-10: 0471379077

ISBN-13: 9780471379072

Edition: 1998

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Why can't I find a four-leafed clover?
Links between nature and mathematics
Which way should I go?
From postmen to taxi drivers
How many people watch Friends?
Most public statistics come from surveys, but how reliable are they?
Why do clever people get things wrong?
Sometimes experience and intelligence can be a disadvantage
What's the best bet?
Lotteries, horses and casinos all offer the chance of a big prize
How do you explain a coincidence?
Coincidences aren't as surprising as you would think
What's the best view of the Statue of Liberty?
Everyday geometries, from snooker to statues
How do you keep a secret?
Code-making and breaking isn't just for spies
Why do buses come in threes?
Travelling without a car leads to all sorts of conundrums
What's the best way to cut a cake?
Why four o'clock can be the time for some mathematical headaches
How can I win without cheating?
Almost everything in life can be analysed as a game
Who's the best in the world?
The mathematics behind sports rankings
What happened to chapter 13?
Can bad luck be explained?
Whodunnit?
Everyday logic, from murder mysteries to political statistics
Why am I always in traffic jams?
Motorways, escalators and supermarkets all have one thing in common: queues
Why are showers always too hot or too cold?
From squealing microphones to population explosions
How can I get the meal ready on time?
Critical paths and other scheduling problems
How can I entertain the kids?
Numbers can be magic
References
Index
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